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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headroom, headway, clearance(noun)

    vertical space available to allow easy passage under something

  2. headway, head(noun)

    forward movement

    "the ship made little headway against the gale"


  1. headway(Noun)

    Forward motion, or its rate.

    Etymology: From head + way.

  2. headway(Noun)

    The interval of time or distance between the fronts of two vehicles (e.g. buses) moving in succession in the same direction, especially along the same pre-determined route.

    Etymology: From head + way.

  3. headway(Noun)

    Progress toward a goal.

    Etymology: From head + way.

  4. headway(Noun)

    The clearance beneath an arch, ceiling or bridge; headroom.

    Etymology: From head + way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headway(noun)

    the progress made by a ship in motion; hence, progress or success of any kind

  2. Headway(noun)

    clear space under an arch, girder, and the like, sufficient to allow of easy passing underneath


  1. Headway

    Headway is a measurement of the distance or time between vehicles in a transit system. The precise definition varies depending on the application, but it is most commonly measured as the distance from the tip of one vehicle to the tip of the next one behind it, expressed as the time it will take for the trailing vehicle to cover that distance. A "shorter" headway signifies a more frequent service. Freight trains might have headways measured in parts of an hour, metro systems operate with headways on the order of 1 to 5 minutes, and vehicles on a freeway can have as little as 2 seconds headway between them. Headway is a key input in calculating the overall route capacity of any transit system. A system that requires large headways has more empty space than passenger capacity, which lowers the total number of passengers or cargo quantity being transported for a given length of line. In this case, the capacity has to be improved through the use of larger vehicles. On the other end of the scale, a system with short headways, like cars on a freeway, can offer very large capacities even though the vehicles carry few passengers. The term is most often applied to rail transport, where the number of tracks is limited and signalling capabilities require long headways between trains. Newer signalling systems and moving block controls have dramatically reduced headways in modern systems compared to the same lines only a few years ago. In principle, automated personal rapid transit systems and automobile platoons could reduce headways to as little as fractions of a second.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of headway in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of headway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of headway in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Chan:

    If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain, even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Anyone who longs to fly must let go anything that can weigh him/her down. Yes, until you let go of your past, you can't make headway.

  3. Robert Lighthizer:

    If we do make headway, and the president thinks we're close enough that he can close the deal on major issues, then I think he'll want to have a meeting and do that, i have complete confidence in the president, both to close a deal if we get to that point, but also to make that judgment.

  4. Elvis Picardo:

    Once the Greece situation gets resolved, favorably or unfavorably, you're going to have a bit of a news vacuum, and it's really difficult to see the TSX make sustainable headway.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Genuine success is a valuable thing and like every other valuable thing it has a price tag. To be precise, genuine success has a price tag of hardwork, persistence and perseverance. Yes of course, nothing of value is free including genuine success. Therefore, work hard, persist and persevere all through. Even if/when it seems there is no headway at all. For, sooner or later genuine success will become your fate.

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  • Vorwärtsfahrt, lichte Höhe, Fortschritt, FahrzeugabstandGerman
  • progresoEsperanto
  • progresoSpanish
  • avanceFrench
  • dul chun cinnIrish
  • progressoItalian
  • [[движе́ние]] [[вперёд]], высота́, промежу́ток, продвиже́ние, просве́т, интерва́л, прогре́сс, расстоя́ниеRussian
  • gelişme, kemer yüksekliği, zaman fasılası, tavan yüksekliği, yol alma, ilerlemeTurkish

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